Christmas Peace

Christmas Peace

Peace is a promise to those who receive the Lord. There are three different peace: Peace with God, Peace with Yourself, and Peace with Others. Learn more in this devotion from Luke 10:5-6. Listen to help your heart glorify God today by praying for peace over others.

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Episode Notes

At Work with God

Dr. Steve Greene

Christmas Peace

·    Luke 2:13-14: Suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”


Dr. Steve Greene: “I got really caught up in this verse over the weekend and I've been trying to study it to prepare for this. And I see two great messages from this.

 

There is some joyful news from this verse. We study it a lot, but I think we miss something that’s here. It's a combination of Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace; it’s glory and peace. It’s not one or the other. It's both His glory and His peace. The perfect fullness of time when the time was just right in the perfect prophesied city, a savior was born. We’re going to celebrate that throughout the next several days and so much that we are going to do together. Some of it is man's tradition but some of it are the traditions that we choose to follow in the way that we celebrate Jesus. The two great purposes are to glorify God in the highest and on earth peace, to whom he is well pleased. I’ve missed that for a lot of years. it depends on the translation you study. The first and foremost is God is glorified because the child is born. That comes first. The child is born and God is glorified. And second, peace is spread everywhere, everywhere that this child is received.

 

We all know that He is not received everywhere, so peace can’t be received everywhere. Peace will be received throughout all the world among those who receive Him. Peace is a promise to those who have received Christ. These are the great purposes of the coming of Jesus. That’s why He came, to glorify God and to give peace in an ever-descending way. God wanted to restore a relationship with man. He had lamented over the break in that relationship. So, God’s glory was not only prophesied, but it sang out to men for the sake of His name. God's peace lived among men for the sake of His name. That’s so good. It’s so worth celebrating. Glory to God in the highest on earth peace among those with whom is well pleased. The NIV says and on earth peace to men in on whom favor rests. That’s going to be people who name the name of Jesus. The point is that even though God’s offer of peace goes to all, it is for His chosen people, people who receive Christ and trust him as Savior and Messiah and Lord. Those folks are going to experience peace.

 

It’s kind of a folly to expect peace without Jesus, not the kind of peace of Jesus brings.

 

·    Luke 10:5-6: “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return upon you.” (MEV)

 

So, if you pray peace over a house and there's no one there who knows Jesus, that peace you've prayed over them will return to you. Pretty clear that peace is for an intended people who know Jesus. The key to peace is keeping the two things together that the angels kept together. Glory, glorifying God, and peace to men on Earth.

 

·     Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (MEV)

 

This is one of those pretty fundamental texts I think, and pointing to the role of faith. You guys know this verse really well. We have peace in our beliefs and our beliefs are so much of what we believe brings us peace. It brings us joy too. I like both of those together. It’s kind of hard to be full of joy, but it’s a lot easier when we have joy and peace together. Faith produces peace in us. Your faith in the Word, your faith in the promises, your faith in knowing what you know about Jesus and the promise that’s on you comes to us in our believing.

 

Sometimes if find yourself absent of peace, check your beliefs. Have you began to waver a little bit in what you believe? Because as soon as you come back to that core belief system will bring you that peace that passes understanding. That doesn't come through the intellect, it comes to the heart of faith. It can come through intellect, but it’s temporal. It’s that kind of worldly peace. Our peace is eternal. The peace that we have through his faith in Him is much more long-term.

 

3 Points of Peace

·      1. Peace with God: It starts there. We’re justified by faith, we have peace with God through our faith in Jesus.

 

It’s so simple isn't it? But it must be complicated because how many people do you meet that are lacking peace? Let’s start with peace with God. We don't want to go to the second until they've got peace from God because it's just going to be one of those mechanical microwave peaces; say the right thing and they'll feel better. Bring a good word to someone cheer them up. Always bring pom poms when you do that because it would really help you. Without pom poms, you know you might have to rely on things like faith and those things not seen to really restore you. We are going to get to the kind of peace that is eternal, the kind of peace that passes understanding.

 

·     2. Peace within Ourselves: It’s hard to have peace inside of ourselves.

 

In Philippians, Paul knows about no peace. He was tortured by what he did to Christians. Based on what he writes, I don't know that he ever got over it. He says this, and he's preaching to himself: Don't be anxious about anything. The opposite of anxiety is peace. But in everything by prayer, peace is acquired through prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. How often have you prayed to God for peace? It’d be a real good practice. It would be a real good regular thing. Most of the time if you pray the Lord’s Prayer or you pray the 23rd Psalm, you pray the core prayers of the Bible, you’re going to be praying for peace. The peace of God which surpasses, this is the promise if we keep our minds right, if we follow Philippians 4 other things he taught. The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds. We need our minds guarded because our minds are the playground, our mind is where that confusion starts. God doesn’t author confusion. We know that He brings peace. So, if I’m confused, somebody else has confused me. Think on these things. You start thinking on those things and you are going to get confused. Ask the Lord restore your peace. What a simple prayer to grant. A peace right in the middle of a workday where it’s not so peaceful, where everyone seems to be shook on deadlines, lots of things going on, it might author confusion. It's our faith to recall it, to remember the source of our peace.

 

God's peace brings with it an understanding that grows over time.

 

·     3. Peace with Others. What a season to do that. I think is the most difficult of the three.

 

Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (MEV)

 

He (Paul) realizes that my peace with others depends upon me, if possible, in any way that you can help, help it, bring peace. So, that means there’s going to be part of it that’s not within your control. That’s where we go to our prayer closet. That’s where we pray for people not to their face. That won’t bring a lot of peace. If you are praying for somebody in front of them, and they’re not in a peacemaking mode. We find that place where we pray to live peaceably with all, that we pray to work peaceably with all. This is a business devotion and we think about how we work and what we do to bring peace. Do I actively seek a peacemaking role or am I a peace breaker? It's pretty clear when one is happening instead of the other. It's real clear when we're stirring stuff up.

 

It's not hard when it comes to others. What I'm going to pray over you over the holidays, at least for my team that I pray for every day, is that we would pray for the first thing, that we pray for God to be glorified because that's what the angels did. They came, there was one that announced it, but then this army of angels came to see it and to glorify God. They came to glorify Him AND bring peace to His people. They go together. If you were to remember that this holiday season, I think you'll find more peace. You won't have to manufacture it. You won't have to yell to get it. You won't have to put on a real nice track of music. You'll just have a peace that maybe no one else in the room has because you've entered into this place of glorifying Him so he might bring peace to Earth. So may this Christmas for you be filled with His glory and the peace with God, for yourself and with others. May God richly bless you this week in your work as you prepare for this great season of the Advent. God bless you all.

Episode Notes

At Work with God

Dr. Steve Greene

Christmas Peace

·    Luke 2:13-14: Suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men.”


Dr. Steve Greene: “I got really caught up in this verse over the weekend and I've been trying to study it to prepare for this. And I see two great messages from this.

 

There is some joyful news from this verse. We study it a lot, but I think we miss something that’s here. It's a combination of Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace; it’s glory and peace. It’s not one or the other. It's both His glory and His peace. The perfect fullness of time when the time was just right in the perfect prophesied city, a savior was born. We’re going to celebrate that throughout the next several days and so much that we are going to do together. Some of it is man's tradition but some of it are the traditions that we choose to follow in the way that we celebrate Jesus. The two great purposes are to glorify God in the highest and on earth peace, to whom he is well pleased. I’ve missed that for a lot of years. it depends on the translation you study. The first and foremost is God is glorified because the child is born. That comes first. The child is born and God is glorified. And second, peace is spread everywhere, everywhere that this child is received.

 

We all know that He is not received everywhere, so peace can’t be received everywhere. Peace will be received throughout all the world among those who receive Him. Peace is a promise to those who have received Christ. These are the great purposes of the coming of Jesus. That’s why He came, to glorify God and to give peace in an ever-descending way. God wanted to restore a relationship with man. He had lamented over the break in that relationship. So, God’s glory was not only prophesied, but it sang out to men for the sake of His name. God's peace lived among men for the sake of His name. That’s so good. It’s so worth celebrating. Glory to God in the highest on earth peace among those with whom is well pleased. The NIV says and on earth peace to men in on whom favor rests. That’s going to be people who name the name of Jesus. The point is that even though God’s offer of peace goes to all, it is for His chosen people, people who receive Christ and trust him as Savior and Messiah and Lord. Those folks are going to experience peace.

 

It’s kind of a folly to expect peace without Jesus, not the kind of peace of Jesus brings.

 

·    Luke 10:5-6: “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him; but if not, it will return upon you.” (MEV)

 

So, if you pray peace over a house and there's no one there who knows Jesus, that peace you've prayed over them will return to you. Pretty clear that peace is for an intended people who know Jesus. The key to peace is keeping the two things together that the angels kept together. Glory, glorifying God, and peace to men on Earth.

 

·     Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (MEV)

 

This is one of those pretty fundamental texts I think, and pointing to the role of faith. You guys know this verse really well. We have peace in our beliefs and our beliefs are so much of what we believe brings us peace. It brings us joy too. I like both of those together. It’s kind of hard to be full of joy, but it’s a lot easier when we have joy and peace together. Faith produces peace in us. Your faith in the Word, your faith in the promises, your faith in knowing what you know about Jesus and the promise that’s on you comes to us in our believing.

 

Sometimes if find yourself absent of peace, check your beliefs. Have you began to waver a little bit in what you believe? Because as soon as you come back to that core belief system will bring you that peace that passes understanding. That doesn't come through the intellect, it comes to the heart of faith. It can come through intellect, but it’s temporal. It’s that kind of worldly peace. Our peace is eternal. The peace that we have through his faith in Him is much more long-term.

 

3 Points of Peace

·      1. Peace with God: It starts there. We’re justified by faith, we have peace with God through our faith in Jesus.

 

It’s so simple isn't it? But it must be complicated because how many people do you meet that are lacking peace? Let’s start with peace with God. We don't want to go to the second until they've got peace from God because it's just going to be one of those mechanical microwave peaces; say the right thing and they'll feel better. Bring a good word to someone cheer them up. Always bring pom poms when you do that because it would really help you. Without pom poms, you know you might have to rely on things like faith and those things not seen to really restore you. We are going to get to the kind of peace that is eternal, the kind of peace that passes understanding.

 

·     2. Peace within Ourselves: It’s hard to have peace inside of ourselves.

 

In Philippians, Paul knows about no peace. He was tortured by what he did to Christians. Based on what he writes, I don't know that he ever got over it. He says this, and he's preaching to himself: Don't be anxious about anything. The opposite of anxiety is peace. But in everything by prayer, peace is acquired through prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. How often have you prayed to God for peace? It’d be a real good practice. It would be a real good regular thing. Most of the time if you pray the Lord’s Prayer or you pray the 23rd Psalm, you pray the core prayers of the Bible, you’re going to be praying for peace. The peace of God which surpasses, this is the promise if we keep our minds right, if we follow Philippians 4 other things he taught. The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds. We need our minds guarded because our minds are the playground, our mind is where that confusion starts. God doesn’t author confusion. We know that He brings peace. So, if I’m confused, somebody else has confused me. Think on these things. You start thinking on those things and you are going to get confused. Ask the Lord restore your peace. What a simple prayer to grant. A peace right in the middle of a workday where it’s not so peaceful, where everyone seems to be shook on deadlines, lots of things going on, it might author confusion. It's our faith to recall it, to remember the source of our peace.

 

God's peace brings with it an understanding that grows over time.

 

·     3. Peace with Others. What a season to do that. I think is the most difficult of the three.

 

Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (MEV)

 

He (Paul) realizes that my peace with others depends upon me, if possible, in any way that you can help, help it, bring peace. So, that means there’s going to be part of it that’s not within your control. That’s where we go to our prayer closet. That’s where we pray for people not to their face. That won’t bring a lot of peace. If you are praying for somebody in front of them, and they’re not in a peacemaking mode. We find that place where we pray to live peaceably with all, that we pray to work peaceably with all. This is a business devotion and we think about how we work and what we do to bring peace. Do I actively seek a peacemaking role or am I a peace breaker? It's pretty clear when one is happening instead of the other. It's real clear when we're stirring stuff up.

 

It's not hard when it comes to others. What I'm going to pray over you over the holidays, at least for my team that I pray for every day, is that we would pray for the first thing, that we pray for God to be glorified because that's what the angels did. They came, there was one that announced it, but then this army of angels came to see it and to glorify God. They came to glorify Him AND bring peace to His people. They go together. If you were to remember that this holiday season, I think you'll find more peace. You won't have to manufacture it. You won't have to yell to get it. You won't have to put on a real nice track of music. You'll just have a peace that maybe no one else in the room has because you've entered into this place of glorifying Him so he might bring peace to Earth. So may this Christmas for you be filled with His glory and the peace with God, for yourself and with others. May God richly bless you this week in your work as you prepare for this great season of the Advent. God bless you all.

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